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TEDxMemphis 2020: Speakers announced for foresight-themed event

Max Garland

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Published Jan. 2020

A diverse set of local speakers will discuss ideas to advance Memphis and the world at the annual TEDxMemphis conference next month. TEDxMemphis is a locally organized take on the popular TED Talk programs, which are short speeches that can cover a range of topics.

“Foresight” is the theme of this year’s event, which takes place Feb. 22 at Crosstown Arts Theater. The 19-speaker lineup will share ideas on fighting poverty, juvenile justice reform, health care outcomes and more, according to a news release.

The speakers include director of hit Hollywood comedies Tom Shadyac, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO and president Michael Ugwueke and Archie Moss Jr., Shelby County Schools' youngest principal.

“This TEDx conference is all about embracing the responsibility for our future,” said Anna Mullins Ellis, president and CEO of New Memphis, the nonprofit that helps organize the event. “We are excited to bring another brilliant lineup of speakers to spark conversation, and hopefully inspire collaboration and action.”

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Dan McCleary, founder of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company

Michael Ugwueke, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO and president

Jennifer Alessandra, chief people officer of Frontdoor

Danielle Inez, chief of staff for Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris

Taylor Tagg, senior business services coordinator for the City of Memphis

Jani Radhakrishnan, director at the Center for Information and Analytics at Regional One Health

Nubia Yasin, co-founder of NuJas

Emilee Herrington, survivor of workplace violence and mom

Archie Moss Jr., Shelby County Schools' principal

Chloe Hakim-Moore, director of NEXT Memphis

Austin Crowder, government and economics teacher at The Soulsville Charter School Dr. Nickhill Bhakta, director of the Sub-Saharan Africa region for St. Jude Global

Candace Steele Flippin, chief communications officer at First Horizon

Tom Shadyac, director

Justin Miller, CEO of Slingshot Memphis

Rhonnie Brewer, CEO of Progeny Place

Sridhar Sunkara, CEO of eBiz Solutions

Ariana Glantz, part of the University of Memphis’ University Schools team

Shamichael Hallman, manager of Cossitt Library

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